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Re: Namespaces in Xpath expressions

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 20:29:27 +0000 (UTC)
To: Elliotte Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Cc: Robin Berjon <robin.berjon@expway.fr>, public-webapi@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0602102026150.28514@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Thu, 9 Feb 2006, Elliotte Harold wrote:
> That said, what else would you suggest?

I don't know, I have yet to work out what the point of REX is.

As far as I can tell it's a streamed DOM patching language, but if that's 
what it is then it seems ridiculously over-engineered and complex. (Why 
would you use DOM Events for this?! Heck, why would you even consider XML 
as the basic format? XML is hardly optimised for streaming.) It also seems 
to be missing key components (e.g. there is no definition of how to stream 
REX files).

Since it would make a very poor streamed DOM patching language, my guess 
would be that it is really something else. But I can't work out what it 
is, and the requirements and abstract don't really help. Without knowing 
what problem REX is trying to solve, I can't really suggest anything.

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